Sunday 19 January 2020

Figures from politics, sport, business gather to pay respects

Former British Prime Minister Sir John Major received a round of applause from mourners at the funeral of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds.

Funeral mass celebrant Fr Brian D'Arcy said the Reynolds family were "particularly pleased" by the attendance of the politician who negotiated the Downing Street Declaration with the former Taoiseach.

President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny led the mourners at the State funeral in the Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook, Dublin 4.

The attendance reflected Mr Reynolds contribution to business, showbusiness, politics and the peace process. The political figures present included:

l former Taoisigh Liam Cosgrave, John Bruton, Bertie Ahern, Brian Cowen (below);

l ministers Joan Burton, Michael Noonan, Brendan Howlin, Frances Fitzgerald, Charlie Flanagan, Paschal Donohoe and Attorney General Maire Whelan;

l junior ministers Sean Sherlock, Jimmy Deenihan, Damien English and Dara Murphy;

l former President Mary McAleese and her husband, Martin;

l Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers;

l former SDLP leader John Hume and his wife, Pat, and current party leader Alastair McDonnell;

l Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams and MP Pat Doherty;

l Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke;

l Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin and party TDs Robert Troy, Timmy Dooley, Billy Kelleher, Niall Collins, Sean Fleming, John Browne, Dara Calleary, Michael Moynihan, Brendan Smith and Charlie McConalogue, plus party Senators Darragh O'Brien Thomas Byrne, Ned O'Sullivan, Terry Leyden, Averil Power, Diarmuid Wilson, Jim Walsh, Labhras O Murchu and Denis O'Donovan;

l Fine Gael TDs Joe O'Reilly, James Bannon, Bernard Durkan, John Perry and Gabrielle McFadden, MEP Sean Kelly, Senators Maurice Cummins, Paul Coghlan, Labour TD Pat Rabbitte, IndependentsDenis Naughten, Finian McGrath, Shane Ross and Peter Mathews and Senator Feargal Quinn;

l European Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, and ex-Commissioners Dick Burke, Padraig Flynn and Charlie McCreevy;

l former ministers Des O'Malley, David Andrews, Dick Spring (below), Dermot Ahern, Noel Dempsey, John Gormley, Mary O'Rourke, Michael Smith, Michael Woods, Brendan Daly, Pat Carey, Mary Coughlan and Mary Hanafin and former junior ministers Gerry Brady, Pat 'the Cope' Gallagher, Noel Treacy, Sean Haughey, Mark Killilea, Michael Ahern, John Moloney, Liz O'Donnell, Tom Parlon, Noel Ahern, Michael Finneran, Martin Mansergh, Dan Wallace and Ned O'Keeffe;

l former TDs Beverly Flynn, Donie Cassidy, John Dennehy, Tom Enright, Aine Brady, Louis Belton, John Ellis, Brendan Kenneally and Martin Brady and former Senators Eddie Bohan, Pat Moylan, Brian Hillery and Geraldine Feeney;

l party activists from Longford, Benny Reid, Jimmy Kyle and councillor Seamus Butler.

Church of Ireland Archbishop Most Rev Dr Michael Jackson, and Passionist Order priest Fr Aidan Troy, participated. Chief Justice Susan Denham represented the judiciary, along with Supreme Court Justice Peter Charleton, ex-Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness and barrister Frank Clarke.

Senior public servants present included Acting Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan, Department of Taoiseach secretary general Martin Fraser, his predecessor Dermot McCarthy, and President's Office secretary general Art O'Leary.

Business and sport were also represented through racehorse owner JP McManus, businessmen Larry Goodman and Tom Ryan, designer Louise Kennedy, PR consultant Caroline Kennedy, jockey Charlie Swan, former GAA director general Liam Mulvihill, PR consultant Paul Allen, former IFA President John Bryan, trade unionist Phil Flynn, entertainer Twink and presenter Lorraine Keane.

Also present were RTE director-general Noel Curran and deputy director-general Kevin Bakhurst, former Government Press Secretaries Sean Duignan and Mandy Johnston, broadcaster John Bowman, former newscaster Anne Doyle and former Longford Leader journalist John Donlon.

Irish Independent

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